Friday, February 26, 2010

Ryan Watches a Motion Picture #11: The Cat Returns (2002)

This one's not directed by the legendary Miyazaki, but it is a Studio Ghibli film, and a nifty one at that. It's directed by Hiroyuki Morita, and is the only film he seems to have directed, which is a shame.

It's about this frazzled young girl that gets whisked off to the kingdom of cats - and the cat King has some plans for her that aren't much to her liking. But fear not! A Sherlock Holmes-esque cat named Baron from the Cat Bureau and his companions won't let the mad king get his way. It's a charming little adventure from start to finish, and if you like cats you'll probably have the added bonus of exploding over how cute they all are.

In the Ghibli tradition, The Cat Returns is drawn colourfully and crisply, and the animation is top of the line. It's full of fun and magic, and will satisfy the young and the old and the inbetween.

So: Cats can be very dashing indeed. I want to start a Cat Bureau.

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